El Faro English

On the Expulsion of Daniel Lizárraga

The resolution immigration officials issued to Lizárraga specifies that he was denied his work permit and residence due to his inability to prove he is an editor or journalist.

  • Jul 8, 2021
  • 4:11 PM

The Dark Art of Vaccine Diplomacy

Sixteen months into the pandemic and five months since pharmaceutical giants began pumping out vaccines, Central America remains vastly undervaccinated.

  • Jul 6, 2021
  • 3:27 PM

How El Salvador Adopted Bitcoin in Five Hours

El Salvador adopted the dollar in November of 2000, just eight days from the time of announcement. ‘Bitcoinization,’ meanwhile, took two and a half days, and just five hours from the time the bill reached the legislature. The most in-depth explanations of the two-page law weren’t given to the legislative committee in charge of analyzing it, nor to the Assembly itself. Rather, Bukele and two of his brothers fielded questions on the bill in a Twitter livestream, in English, with foreign investors.

  • Jun 11, 2021
  • 4:13 PM

OPINION: Our Father Is a Prisoner of Conscience in Guatemala

For the last five years of our lives, we’ve not been able to hug him and say: “Have a good day, Dad.”

  • Jun 10, 2021
  • 4:10 PM

From El Faro English: Harris’ Rough Landing in Guatemala

In her first visit to the region this week, Vice President Kamala Harris’ blunt message to Central American migrants (“Do not come”) triggered a backlash among human rights defenders and Central America experts for contradicting international asylum laws and appearing insensitive to the reality driving migration.

  • Jun 10, 2021
  • 11:39 AM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Bukele Wants Us to Talk About Bitcoin

The reason remains unclear against an increasingly complex political and economic backdrop in El Salvador.

  • Jun 8, 2021
  • 1:26 PM

Bukele: Opposition Will Never Return to Power

El Faro confirmed that both the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces and the High Command of the National Civil Police also stood for the oath and pledged their loyalty to the president.

  • Jun 3, 2021
  • 12:29 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Will Costa Rica Be the Solution?

Secretary Blinken’s first trip to the isthmus will test whether Costa Rica can and wants to emerge as a regional power broker.

  • Jun 1, 2021
  • 9:32 AM

Political Arrests in Nicaragua and Guatemala

“Throw them in jail, take their cell phones!” yelled Nicaraguan riot police in a Managua office building complex last Thursday morning as they chased down reporters from international and local outlets.

  • May 24, 2021
  • 11:59 AM

Bukele’s Inner Circle Hit in State Department Corruption List

This list has no legal implications for those named, but the fact that the section on El Salvador was declassified sends a clear political message at a time of tense relations between the Bukele and Biden administrations.

  • May 18, 2021
  • 2:52 PM

The Nicaraguan Opposition, a House Divided

A divided opposition at the ballot box, independent analysts widely believe, will pave the way for Ortega to secure his fourth consecutive five-year term.

  • May 13, 2021
  • 1:40 PM

Bukele’s Coup Marches On

“Nayib Bukele is no longer bound by law. And to the extent there are laws, they will be disregarded, eliminated or rewritten. He is the law. Perhaps millions of Salvadorans haven’t yet realized it, but this is how a republic dies and a dictatorial regime is born.”

  • May 6, 2021
  • 4:29 PM

Bukele’s Legislative Assembly Ousts Supreme Court Magistrates and Attorney General

Various legal experts have called what happened on May 1 a technical coup d’etat.

  • May 3, 2021
  • 8:55 AM

U.S. Government Hid Presence of U.S. Advisor in El Mozote Massacre, Expert Says

A United States military advisor, Sergeant Major Allen Bruce Hazelwood, was in Morazán with Coronel Domingo Monterrosa, commander of the Atlacatl Battalion, during the El Mozote massacre in December of 1981.

  • Apr 28, 2021
  • 10:08 AM

A Decisive Week for the El Mozote Case

One expert witness will testify that there was a systematic government cover-up involving both the Salvadoran and United States governments.

  • Apr 26, 2021
  • 8:54 AM

Government of El Salvador Fabricates a New Case Against El Faro

This government’s attacks against El Faro include smear campaigns, stalking, illegal wiretaps, threats, and constant online harassment.

  • Apr 16, 2021
  • 8:23 AM

Ricardo Zúñiga: ‘An Economic Crisis in El Salvador Could Prompt a New Wave of Migration’

Ricardo Zúñiga has spent the past several days fielding the same question with diplomatic stoicism and a poker smile.

  • Apr 13, 2021
  • 12:29 PM

The Texas City of Roma and the Central American Exodus

Every night, desperate Central Americans continue to cross the river and head into the hills towards Roma, hoping, somehow, to improve their lives.

  • Apr 8, 2021
  • 8:56 PM

Rep. Norma Torres on Central America: ‘Like It or Not, These Are the Presidents We Have to Deal With’

While Torres criticizes “the United States’ past interventions” in Central America and her country’s “relationship with many of these present-day dictators,” she has given her vote of confidence to Biden’s new team of envoys to the region, chief among them Vice President Kamala Harris.

  • Apr 7, 2021
  • 4:59 PM

Women in El Salvador Bear the Invisible Wounds of Economic Violence

While physical violence is one of the elements that prompts reporting domestic violence, there is another, more subtle type of violence that constrains women and inhibits their actions—and often goes unreported

  • Jan 28, 2021
  • 4:20 PM

Prison Officials Flouted Legal Protocols in Transfers of MS-13 Leaders

Officials at the Salvadoran Prison Bureau ordered the emergency transfer of MS-13 leader Chino Milo from the maximum-security wing of Izalco Prison, where he is incarcerated, to the hospital in Zacatecoluca—despite the prison’s chief doctor’s claim that he had a clean bill of health.

  • Jan 14, 2021
  • 12:31 PM

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